Case in Giffords shooting likely to take years

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Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 3:30 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 24 at 3:34 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a mass shooting in Tucson is set to appear in a Phoenix courtroom on Monday.

Twenty-two-year-old Jared Loughner has an arraignment scheduled in federal court at 1:30 p.m.

Arraignments allow defendants to enter a plea to the charges against them.

Loughner is charged with the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the attempted murder of two of her aides.

Loughner is accused of opening fire on a Giffords political event two weeks ago in a rampage that wounded 13 people and killed six others, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl who was born on Sept. 11, 2001.

Loughner later will face state charges dealing with the other victims.

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